Outside Interference in New Hampshire Redistricting Reform

American Oversight is fighting for transparency surrounding New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s decision to veto the creation of an independent redistricting commission.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in 2017

In New Hampshire, a 2019 bill calling for the creation of an independent redistricting commission — a widely supported method to prevent partisan gerrymandering — was passed by the state legislature with bipartisan support. However, Gov. Chris Sununu unexpectedly vetoed it when it reached his desk.

Notably, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is now fighting efforts to expand ballot access across the country, was publicly active in New Hampshire at the eleventh hour. American Oversight worked with a client in New Hampshire to file an open records request for the governor’s communications with groups known to be working to restrict voting rights and to promote partisan redistricting, including the American Legislative Exchange Council and the National Republican Redistricting Trust. Although the governor’s office rejected this request, we plan to fight the rejection to ensure transparency on this issue.